Luke 1:46-47 And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
Can we accept, what God gives us? Especially if it is not what we had asked for, and not what we had desired, and does not fit with our plans? If our disposition can change, just because of the change in the weather, how could we cope with a dramatic change in our life?
I’d like you to imagine what it might have been like to be Mary – a young girl, engaged to be married – all the hopes, dreams and desires. There are a lot of things to do, so you can have that perfect wedding, plans and preparations – and in the midst of all this, an angel appears to you, and tells you your life is going to change, and the change is not going to be comfortable.
Its not hard to imagine someone saying – I’m sorry God, this is not what I had in mind, it does not fit in my plans, it is not what I desire – perhaps you ought to look for someone else. I don’t think we would actually say out loud – God, I think you made a mistake – but its not hard to imagine thinking along those lines.
Lets say we have someone who at least will let God be God, might not be thrilled, but will not rebel. How would you know? Is it hard to tell when people are grumpy, can’t you often see it plainly in their faces? They might say, God’s will be done – but I’m not happy about it, so I’m going to pout, maybe in that way I can get my way.
So, what’s the purpose behind God’s plan? St Paul tells us: 1 Corinthians 1:28-29, 31
"God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God."
He then concludes - "Let him who boasts, boast of the Lord."
And that is what our text is about – boasting about God. What makes it special, is our place in this boasting, for when we tell how great God is, we are telling how he is able to do for is what we are unable to do for ourselves – 2 Corinthians 12:9
"but he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
There is another word for this king of boasting, and it is praise – telling of all the wonderful deeds of God, they might not make us look good, but the sure make it clear how good God is.
And that brings us back to our text, and the word for praise that we find therein – that word is magnify – there are 2 things we use to magnify – one is a microscope, the other is a telescope.
Its not hard to use a microscope to magnify the sins of others, to take small things and make them big – sometimes we think it can make us big. But our God doesn’t fit under a microscope, he is too big. So scriptures, bring the distant God close, and the big God into our view, like a telescope.